IRON RIVER - After a 30 year fight with Multiple Sclerosis, Molly M. Anderson, 57, of Iron River, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2012, at Northstar Health System in Iron River.
She was born July 8, 1955, in Stambaugh, the daughter of Robert and Phyllis (Buddle) Johnson. She attended the West Iron County Schools, graduating from West Iron County High School in 1973.
Molly married John Carl Anderson on Dec. 18, 1982, in Iron River. The couple resided in Ontonagon for a number of years, where they owned and operated the Sears Catalog Store and J.C. Penny Catalog Store. They moved to Iron River in the summer of 1998. Her husband John preceded her in death on Jan. 31, 2006.
Molly was a member of the First Lutheran Church in Iron River.
She is survived by her brother, Russ (Judy) Johnson; stepbrother, Alton (Linda) Westman; sisters-in-law, Joan (Tim) Bonner and Carol (Dennis) Margoni; nephews, Wyatt and Riley Johnson, Tom Bonner, Michael Margoni and Kenneth (Melissa) Westman; nieces, Dana Margoni and Kristin (Wade) Edwards. She is also survived by a large extended family and special friend, Deb Chervo.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Phyllis Johnson; husband, John Anderson; and stepmother, Winifred Johnson.
Molly was a beautiful, talented, and creative girl who was locked inside an unresponsive body. She enjoyed painting, photography, poetry and her pets. She was always smiling, even when most people would think there was nothing to smile about. Her courage is an inspiration to many. She was shining example of the phrase, "Never give up, never, ever give up!"
Molly spent 14 years at the Iron County Medical Care Facility. Over time, the excellent caregivers there became Molly's friends and family. A big thank you to all who contributed to Molly's well being. Also, thank you Dr. Han for your concern, compassion, and hard work.
Visitation will be Friday from 9 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. at the First Lutheran Church in Iron River.
Funeral services will be Friday at 11 a.m. at the First Lutheran Church in Iron River, with Rev. Bonny Kinnunen, pastor, to officiate.
The family suggests memorial contributions to Multiple Sclerosis Research.
Condolences may be expressed to the family of Molly M. Anderson online at jacobsfuneralhomeir.com
Funeral arrangements by the Jacobs Funeral Home of Iron River.